Centennial Place provides purpose, job skill training

New facility trains people to take care of themselves

Centennial Place program facilitator Karen Borgfjord (centre) and manager Brandi Matheson (right) share a coffee with one of the members of the facility.

A program aiming to help local adults living with mental illness succeed their life goals and aspirations is happily settling into its new home on 11 Avenue.

Centennial Place has been filled with activity since the beginning of January, and recently celebrated its grand opening.

But this isn’t a residence, noted Brandi Matheson, program manager.

“We mentor and train people to take care of themselves.”

Compared to previous offerings in Mission, Centennial Place isn’t a drop-in spot where people just gather to have coffee. While that does happen, it’s on a schedule, and there are chores that must be accomplished and programs run throughout the day.

Having this type of schedule adds purpose to people’s day, said Matheson.

“This is a place a of purpose — a supportive environment.”

There is a strong vocational focus to the facility, and they help participants learn customer service skills, basic reception/administrative type work, keep the house clean, and run a till. There are also classes from basic to advanced in computers.

“We help a lot of people who haven’t worked in a long time,” said Matheson, noting about 20-30 people a day stream through the doors.

The previous iteration of this program, which was just a very basic social drop-in style, was based out of St. Andrew’s United Church.

Now, members are referred by outside agencies.

Matheson said a number of local groups and businesses helped bring Centennial Place to life, including St. Andrew’s, Riverside College’s carpentry program, and Mission Renewables, Inc.

Just Posted

Trial date scheduled for man charged with killing Abbotsford officer

Oscar Arfmann slated to go to trial in New Westminster in January 2019

Trial begins for man charged with 2010 murder of Mandy Johnson

Langley single mom was fatally shot while in vehicle in Abbotsford

Victoria-bound passengers left at Abbotsford airport

YXX staffers receive praise for help to passengers; airline criticized

Mission to host We’re Your Neighbours immigration forum

Baltej Dhillon will be the guest speaker at the event set for March 17

Senior randomly stabbed in Abbotsford mall food court

Woman arrested after victim, 71, suffers serious injuries

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

Vernon to host largest Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in 2019

Games to be held Feb. 21-23, with more than 800 athletes expected to take part

League’s all-stars hit the ice in Langley

PJHL hosts top junior B players for all-star game

Sentencing hearing begins for ex-BC Liberals employee in ‘quick wins’ scandal

Former communications director Brian Bonney pleaded guilty last October

Council tells TransLink commission to make sure road pricing is fair

Maple Ridge tells road pricing commission to make sure system is fair

Sunwing vacation passengers left at Abbotsford airport

YXX staffers receive praise for help to passengers; airline criticized

Ice dancers Virtue and Moir to carry flag for Canada at 2018 Olympics

The pair earned a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games

5 to start your day

‘Young, innocent’ teen dies in Vancouver shootout, 152 Street overpass repairs start and more

Most Read